Ancient cavers in Eastern North America

Patty Jo Watson, George Crothers

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During the past 5000years, hundreds of cave dark zones were entered, explored, and used in various ways by Precolumbian people in Eastern North America. In particular, several miles of the world's longest cave—the Mammoth Cave System, Kentucky—were known prehistorically. Archeological remains in portions of that cave system are briefly described and discussed with comparative reference to other caves in the Eastern Woodlands of North America.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Caves, Third Edition
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780128141243
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

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  • Cave archeology
  • Mammoth Cave
  • Salts Cave

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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